Fine Motor Activities Warm Up

It is beneficial to do some “warming up”  before you start practicing and enjoying your fine motor activities. This helps the big muscles in the body get ready for play and action!

The postural muscles (muscles of the body that hold it in a natural position) with the other larger muscles (including shoulder muscles) when warmed up or ‘switched on’, create a stable base of core muscles and support to help the muscles of the fingers and hands work more efficiently.

Try a variety of gross motor activities (activities using large muscles of the body) such as:

* Animal walks- bear walk, crab walk, donkey kicks

* Wheelbarrows

* Hitting balloon into the air

* Using a cardboard roll, hold with two hands at chest height and bunt balloon

* Ball skills, start with a larger sized ball, throw and catch, bounce pass, bouncing

* Wall pushups, face wall in standing, legs positioned about 25-35cm away from wall, hands on wall and do standing push ups. For something different add a clap between each push up.

* Exercise ball games (maybe mini sized one), rolling, lying over, using hands to walk off ball, picking up with two hands and throwing.

* Play on monkey bars and ladders 

* Sandpit or garden play- push childs wheelbarrow, dig, rake, carry buckets of sand.

* Bat and ball games, T-Ball, cricket, tennis …

* Wash the car, cubby or kids own bike, involving squeezing out the sponge

* Building activities, hammering, sawing, carrying wood and tool box

A lot of the activities mentioned involve “weight-bearing” through arms, to encourage these muscles to wake up and form a sturdy foundation for doing fine motor activities. Children tend to enjoy lots of the activities used in warm up and are then ready to focus on the fine motor activities presented to them.

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